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The Diagnodent - Laser Cavity Detection

The Diagnodent, by Kavo, gives Dr. Daniels the ability to diagnose decay with over 90% accuracy.  With the advent of water fluoridation, decay has become harder to detect in the enamel of teeth. 

Is it a cavity or is it just stain?

The Diagnodent uses laser technology to detect the depth of decay.  Here's the science (as stated by Kavo):

"Altered tooth substances and bacteria fluoresce when they are exposed to a specific wavelength of light.

The DIAGNOdent operates at a wavelength of 655 nm. At this specific wavelength, clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence, resulting in very low scale readings on the display. However, carious tooth structure will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on the display of the DIAGNOdent.

An audio signal allows the operator to hear changes in the scale values. This enables the focus to be on the patient, not solely on the device. "

Using the Diagnodent in conjunction with visual examination and a dental probe, Dr. Daniels can make an extremely accurate diagnosis of decay.  You can therefore be assured you are receiving the most conservative treatment available.